NSO Community Coordinators

**Information about NSO 2019 will be updated on this website in 2019.**

New Student Orientation Community Coordinators

Community centers play a vital role in NSO as providers of resources, programming, and support to new students (and their families) as they adjust to life at Stanford.  Community Coordinators (CCs) assist staff with the planning and execution of each community’s NSO events while also gaining valuable leadership skills. The specific events for which CCs are responsible vary by community; CCs get the opportunity to develop events with guidance from staff.

Undergraduate students who will be enrolled for the 2018-19 academic year are eligible to apply for a CC position.  Early arrival housing and dining will be provided to students with on-campus housing arrangements for the 2018-19 academic year.

NSO Communities & Community Centers/Programs:

Apply to be a CC for NSO 2018

Applications are due Monday, April 16 for all centers/programs except The Markaz, QSR, Transfer Student Program, and WCC -- NSO student staff selection processes for these centers/programs are handled separately.  Please contact them directly and do not complete the CC application.

About the CC Position

In the spring and summer, Community Coordinators will work approximately 2-5 hours per week on event/budget planning and preparing summer communications.  CCs must stay in frequent contact with NSO staff over the summer to adjust and finalize plans, address logistical needs, answer questions, and make decisions as necessary. Typical CC responsibilities include: 

  • attend a required CC training session with NSO staff in mid/late May
  • meet with center/program staff to discuss NSO programs
  • plan and communicate event ideas and financial needs to NSO staff
  • recruit, support, and engage Community Orientation Volunteers (COVs)
  • coordinate meetings/communication with COVs and staff
  • prepare summer communications for new students

In the fall, CCs must return early to campus on Friday, September 14, and should expect to work through the end of NSO on Sunday, September 23. During this time CCs will manage prep tasks with COVs, assemble materials and supplies, attend/facilitate planning meetings, assist with general NSO preparations (eg, dorm decorations), implement events, and continue to work with their designated community team until all NSO and post-NSO events have concluded. A final report with event summaries, recommendations, and reflections is due to NSO staff by October 31.

While each CC's time commitment will vary, significant work is required for all CCs and as such they may not hold a residence staff/house manager leadership position (e.g., RA, RCC, PHE, ETA) in 2018-19 or enroll in or participate in any pre-fall programs (e.g., Sophomore College, Arts Intensive, Leadership Intensive, SPOT leader, etc.). The requirements and training required for both CC work and all of these other opportunities directly conflict in September, and students who try to manage both have not been successful.

Each center/program determines how it will compensate its CC(s). If applicable, a stipend payment will be processed once the final report is submitted. 

Early Arrival

CCs must return to campus on Friday, September 14 to move in and be prepared for responsibilities beginning on Saturday, September 15.  Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) will provide early arrival housing and meals for CCs from September 14 - 20, the period before regular housing/dining contracts begin.  CCs must have on-campus housing for Autumn Quarter 2018-19 in order to be granted early arrival privileges.  If students do not have on-campus housing for autumn quarter, but would still like to serve as CCs, they must make arrangements to be housed locally.


For questions about a specific CC position, please contact the center or program with which you would like to work.  For questions about NSO more generally, please contact Niles Wilson in UAR at nilesw@stanford.edu.

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